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The Cleveland Browns selected the first players for the renewed franchise

The Cleveland Browns had spent three years with its operations suspended after Art Modell had taken the Browns' organization and players to Baltimore, Maryland to form the Baltimore Ravens at the end of the 1995 NFL season. Upon returning to the league, in order to become competitive with existing teams, the Browns were awarded the first pick in the 1999 NFL Draft, and the league gave the Browns the opportunity to select current players from the other teams. That selection was provided by the 1999 National Football League Expansion Draft, held on February 9, 1999. 130 players were left unprotected by their teams for the Browns to draft.[1]

Player selections

Pick Player Position Original NFL Team
1 Jim Pyne Center Detroit Lions
2 Hurvin McCormack Defensive end Dallas Cowboys
3 Scott Rehberg Offensive tackle New England Patriots
4 Damon Gibson Wide receiver Cincinnati Bengals
5 Steve Gordon Center San Francisco 49ers
6 Tarek Saleh Linebacker Carolina Panthers
7 Jeff Buckey Guard Miami Dolphins
8 Jason Kyle Longsnapper Seattle Seahawks
9 Rod Manuel Defensive end Pittsburgh Steelers
10 Lenoy Jones Linebacker Tennessee Titans
11 Tim McTyer Cornerback Philadelphia Eagles
12 Elijah Alexander Linebacker Indianapolis Colts
13 Pete Swanson Offensive tackle Kansas City Chiefs
14 Gerome Williams Safety San Diego Chargers
15 Marlon Forbes Safety Chicago Bears
16 Justin Armour Wide Receiver Denver Broncos
17 Paul Wiggins Offensive tackle Washington Redskins
18 Duane Butler Safety Minnesota Vikings
19 Fred Brock Wide receiver Arizona Cardinals
20 Kory Blackwell Cornerback New York Giants
21 Kevin Devine Cornerback Jacksonville Jaguars
22 Raymond Jackson Cornerback Buffalo Bills
23 Jim Bundren Guard New York Jets
24 Ben Cavil Guard Baltimore Ravens
25 Michael Blair Running back Green Bay Packers
26 Antonio Anderson Defensive tackle Dallas Cowboys
27 Orlando Bobo Guard Minnesota Vikings
28 James Williams Linebacker San Francisco 49ers
29 Scott Milanovich Quarterback Tampa Bay Buccaneers
30 Eric Stokes Safety Seattle Seahawks
31 Ronald Moore Running back Miami Dolphins
32 Clarence Williams Running back Buffalo Bills
33 Freddie Solomon Wide receiver Philadelphia Eagles
34 Brandon Sanders Safety New York Giants
35 Mike Thompson Nose tackle Cincinnati Bengals
36 Jerris McPhail Running back Detroit Lions
37 Antonio Langham Defensive back San Francisco 49ers